26 Jan All Good Things Must Come To An END…This is the End of my journey (well sort of)
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It is late January and most of the group has gone our separate ways for a while already. Many people went to Bali, why not, it’s Bali and beautiful and easy to stay there. Some people went back to their respected homes, some went to Mexico, New Zealand and Europe. Me, I am in Vietnam for the month of January. A group of us discussed back in November heading to Vietnam in the north to start in Hanoi and then head down south, they all left, I committed to the idea. It has been good but not great for me. The weather in the north was cold so I was chasing the warm weather and kept going south. I hit Da Nang, Hoi An and now I am in Ho Chi Minh (I like calling it Saigon). Soon I am heading up a bit to the beaches of Phu Quoc and Mui Ne. I am also going to meet up a fellow Remote guy, Shane, in Manila and head on to see more of the Philippines with him for about 10 days. From there, I have honestly not decided what I want to do but it will entail more traveling and not going back to the States yet. May is looking like it might be the right time for me to go back to the US and that will be Florida and not New York yet.
So maybe you want to hear how it all ended in Japan? Christmas dinner in Kyoto was pretty nice with all of us partying together and then staying in a hostel for the weekend too. One of the guys rented a whole house for us and about 35 of us stayed for the 2 days of Christmas in the place, really nice idea. So for New Years Eve we all went to Mount Fuji for three days and had the big party in one of the two hostels we rented. It was a bar owned by a guy from Wisconsin, Michael’s Bar, and what made it just a wee bit more special there were some locals there. It was a very emotional night for all of us, I shed some tears too. But like life itself we all must move on. Many of us stayed in Tokyo for a few days, some even longer there. I went to Taipei because I have never been there before. From there I flew into Hanoi, traveled south and where I am today in Saigon, Vietnam.
It was just such an amazing year it is hard to describe it in words. My emotions are all over the place these days now that I am on my own (something that I longed for, for a while). I felt I accomplished something that most people my age would never even have looked at as a possibility in their lives. I was the oldest Male to ever complete the year long journey, I am proud of that fact. I’ve made some amazing relationships with people which will last a lifetime, guaranteed. I plan on visiting some of them this year when I get back to the states and also when I am in Europe in the spring this year. If I have one disappointment it is that I did not get the accolades for my business that I was hoping for because of this unique year long travel experience. Maybe they will come this year when I tell my story to more people, we shall see.
Writing has never been a strong point for me and doing this blog was a challenge to keep up with it regularly and just to stop and write was also a challenge. I hope that you will continue to follow me on my Blog at my website www.richardsilverphoto.com and click on the BLOG link. I hope to write about once a month. If anyone is interested in finding out more about REMOTE YEAR, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer any questions that you might have. I can strongly recommend this for anyone who even thinks for a second that they will love it because you absolutely will, it will be the best year of your life.